There are separate bicycle roads; these are NO WALKWAYS. On the other hand, Bikes will be everywhere on the walkways.
If you rent a bicycle be sure to include at least an additional heavy chain lock. And when you want to park at the Centraal Station, obey the parking rules!
Beware the cyclists > who can be unforgiving when it comes to pedestrians standing in their way. When you hear a bicycle bell behind you, STEP ASIDE FAST! To be on the safe side, remember that most of the time trams and taxis are in a hurry as well.
BIKE!! Where? Smash! **!! Watch out for bikes- pedestrians and drivers! They are the kings of the road. If you knock someone off their bike you are in big trouble, even if it wasn't your fault! Drivers should be very careful at roundabouts because there are bike lanes on them too. Crossing the road can be dangerous if you do not look properly. They sometimes don't bother with lights. You have been warned.
CYCLING IS INFECTIOUS;-)According to the Official Dutch Travel site, no city on the planet has more bikes per capita or is more bike-friendly than Amsterdam.Statistically I have been told there are more miles of bike trails than auto roads in Holland.You will see cyclists EVERYWHERE and bikes parked almost on top of one another in some of the more popular places in the city center.Its a bone fide and acceptable form of transportation...and the last time I was visited there were pickup and dropoff points that allowed you to use a bike for FREE..GRATIS...LIBRE..give it a shot you can see tons more in a day with less fatigue on a bike.
Watch out for cyclists they are everywhere,do not take photos of the ladies in the window, you or your camera could end up in the canal and do not expect to get a luggage locker at CS on a Saturday in the summer
Watch out for them bicycles - they're all old granny types and they are silent, and will eventually knock you into a canal. And if you walk around out of your head for a while, you will inevitably fall into a canal. Drivers regularly drive in too. In fact there are more cars in the canals than on the roads. if you wondered why cars are outnumbered here, this is your reason.
Bikes and bikers. For two reasons:
Local bikers (yep, that's me, for example). There seem to be no traffic rules applying to bikers. They speed unexpectedly out of every street, ringing their bell (if they're decent..). Take care: you might be walking on the bike-lane (especially near Westerkerk and Museumplein this is not always very clear)!
Rent-a-bikers (that might be you). These are pretty dangerous to local bikers. Officially you should stick out an arm to indicate you are about to make a turn. Nobody does, except for rent-a-bikers. I was smashed of my bike nearly one time.. On the other hand: renting a bike is fun. Make sure to cross the tram-way at a large angle to the rails! You could get stuck. And the sad part of the story: not many will tell about it!
This is true all over Amsterdam, but especially around the Old Center, be aware of bikes. It almost seems safe because the traffic is all the way in the middle lanes, but there are many bike riders in Amsterdam, and they approach quickly in the bike lanes. Many times you will hear a "ding, ding" from a bike rider trying to warn you that they are coming. I tried to be very aware of this, but I still found myself almost walking out in front of bikes a few times.
Further to my previous entry re bicycles. Don't stand in their way expecting them to try and avoid you. The local tradition is for pedestrians to get out of the way and allow the bike to make progress. I come from the UK where they aren't even allowed on to the pavement and it came as a complete shock to me. I spent the first couple of hours hot under the collar thinking that they had all taken some sort of contract out on my life. It wasn't until a near death experience that one of the riders explained the local practise. Take care!!
In Holland roads bikes have the right on everybody and everything, usually they run on dedicated places at the side of roads, but it can happen that you find them on normal roads, specially in city center, so pay attention and watch carefully.
In a city with 600,000 bikes, is it any wonder that bike theft is the number one crime.
Always remember to double lock your bike. If you rent one, it will have a mounted lock for the rear wheel, and a heavy chain and lock to secure the front wheel and frame to an immovable object - such as a street light.
Really do watch out for those bikes! They're everywhere, and stop for nothing nor nobody. Always have your wits about you, and remember bikes aren't as easy to hear as cars. If you see one coming, jump out of the way, and fast (hopefully not into the path of another)!
Cyclists everywhere!They RUN AS MADS!You need to be careful!!!!! They have their own streets,so you have to pay attention where you are walking on!
And DON'T HAVE the wrong idea to move by car!!!!!!!
You had to see the CIRCENSIS number of certain cyclists around our car!
I guess after China, they have the most bcycle population around the world. So be carefull because they are everywhere, and if you are not use to have bcycle road you find yourself easily on the road.
They come from every direction and they will not watch out for you. They do not follow the directions the cars are driving so even if you think you are safe crossing if you don't see a car coming from one direction, look the other way! They are everywhere and bloody dangerous!